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Joseph Glavy Ph.D.

Principal Investigator


Lab Members

Ben Jordan
Former Lab Technician

Born and raised in Tyler, Ben serves as the Laboratory Technician for the Glavy Lab and is an adjunct laboratory instructor the local junior college. He received his Associate Degree in Science at Tyler Junior College and continued to the University of Texas at Tyler where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Biology. 

Ben's major duties include ordering lab materials, cell culture, and performing experiments. His research interests are DNA damage response pathways and isolation of biomolecules associated with nuclear pore complexes. His future goal is to attend graduate school and pursue his research interests as a doctoral candidate. Eventually, he plans to return to the serine piney woods of East Texas and conduct his research and teaching.

Day in the Life of a Lab Technician

Former UT Tyler Undergraduate

Michelle Veronin

Former Graduate Student

Michelle serves as a graduate research assistant for the Glavy Lab and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler. Her research is primarily focused on characterizing the nucleus and ER in different red algae species. The ultimate goal of this work is to develop red algae as a model system to effectively study various biological processes. 


She was initially drawn to UT Tyler by the beauty of the campus and its connection to nature, which she believed would make for a very peaceful environment to study. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology from UT Tyler and decided to stay to continue on and pursue a Master’s. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, where she can apply her research skills to help build on clinical practice guidelines to ultimately improve techniques used in therapy.

Former UT Tyler Undergraduate

Kevin Tokoph

Former Graduate Student

Kevin was a graduate research assistant for the Glavy Lab while pursuing a Master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Tyler. Kevin’s research involved cloning of NPC genes in the red alga species, C. merolae.


Kevin also earned both his undergraduate degrees from UT Tyler (Kinesiology & Biochemistry) and is getting ready to begin Baylor’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy program in January 2020. His future plans include working as a practicing physical therapist but also engaging in some teaching in the physical therapy discipline. 

Former UT Tyler Undergraduate

Pharmacy Students

Imani Issa

Imani is a pharmacy student at the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy (FCOP). Originally from Democratic Republic of Congo, Imani is honored to have earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Texas Southern University.

Growing up, he was always fascinated by the pharmacological and physiological aspects of drugs. With this curiosity and the need to help his community, he began pursuing his goal at FCOP. He looks forward to earning his Pharm.D. degree and is excited to start his career as a pharmacist. Upon graduation, Imani plans on continuing with postgraduate community pharmacy residency program.


Among a few other pharmacy students working in the Glavy Lab, Imani engages in drug pharmacology and its impact on proliferating cells. 

Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Student

Kenneth Blanton

Kenneth is a current second year pharmacy student at the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Tyler. He received his Associate of Science Degree from Tyler Junior College and finished his remaining Pre-Pharmacy prerequisite course work at the University of Texas at Tyler. He is originally from Nacogdoches, TX and has a daughter and son that keep him motivated to strive for success. He plans to become a Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist and expert in sterile compounding.


His work in the lab involves cell culture, drug induced cell stress experiments, and training other pharmacy students in conducting future pharmacologically based experiments.

Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Student

Former Members

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Farewell Dinner- May 25th 2017 at Totoya Restaurant, 63rd and 1st Ave, NY, NY


Tommy E. White, Ph.D.

Associate Director at Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, Inc. NY,NY


Amanda L. DiGuilio, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Chicago


Yifei Bao, Ph.D.

Engineering Manager- Data Science @ Pinterest


Yujia Zhai, Ph.D.

Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Zhi Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University


Michelle R. Castroagudin, MS

Student, New York University School of Dentistry


Haoshuang Zhao, Ph.D.

Research Associate Stevens Institute of Technology


Ian DiGuilio, MS

Process Engineer at L'Oréal